The Coshocton County Beacon April 3, 2019 - Page 27

Jen Jones | Beacon Contributed | Beacon A group att ending the Seventh annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner took a moment from their Dianne Koch’s group went to infi nity and beyond for children with its “Toy Story” fun to pose for a picture. The event was held at the Elks Lodge on Friday, March 29. theme at the Seventh annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner. Seventh annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner held By Jen Jones COSHOCTON - About 250 people crowded into the Elks Lodge on March 29 for the Seventh annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner to benefi t Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Rick and Dave Williamson, of R&D Promotions, decided to host an event to benefi t a charity that helps people from Coshocton. “Since Dave is a policeman and I’m an EMT/fi refi ghter, it made sense to choose a charity that helped families here,” said Rick. “We don’t really have a goal each year of how much money we hope to raise,” said Rick. “Everybody that is here works hard for their money and they are here to help as much as they can. Lots of times, we really don’t know the total that comes from the event, because we have envelopes here and people send money at a later date.” Th e fi rst year of the Celebrity Dinner, about $1,700 was raised for the hospital. Twice in the last six years, about $10,000 was sent. Th e money raised can go to whatev- er department the person who donates wants it to go, but money raised at the dinner is split between cancer research and the emergency department of Nationwide Children’s Hospital for new equipment. Eight celebrity waiters chose themes for their tables and served dinner. Some of the themes included Toy Story, the 80s, Mardi Gras and Hillbillies. All of the decorations for the tables are donated by the celebrities. “Th e celebrity waiters are chosen because of how much they do for our community,” said Rick. Th e waiters for the event included Mike and Chasity Clark, Dave and Rochelle Byers, Donna and Don Carpenter, Dianne Koch, Brandy Mizer, Michelle Turner Ganz, Debbie Gaumer and Colton Jordan. Mike Clark came to the event several years ago and decided that night that he wanted to be part of it the next year. Th is is his fi fth year of helping. “Th is night hits home for my wife and me. We know the challenges facing families of special needs children because we have one. Sometimes, the challenges are greater than we think we can handle,” said Clark. He went on to say River View softball downs Carrollton Pendola’s Baldwin Wallace team places fi fth NEW CONCORD - Th e Baldwin Wallace University women's outdoor track and fi eld teams placed fi fth at the Amy Adams Memorial Invitational, hosted by Muskingum University on the Johnson Family Track inside McConagha Stadium. In the 1,500-meter run, the Yellow Jackets added 19 points to their team total between junior All-OAC and Academic All-OAC distance runner Bella Pendola (Warsaw/River View), freshman distance runner Alyssa Laughner (Howard, Pa./Central Mountain), sophomore All-OAC APRIL 3, 2019 distance runner Madison Kile (North Canton/Hoover) and junior All-OAC and Academic All-OAC distance runner Katie Fowler (Mount Vernon). Pendola was the runner-up in 4:50.79, Laughner took third in 4:54.91, Kile placed fi fth in 5:00.61 and Fowler ran a career-best time of 5:06.75 to fi nish eighth. Pendola also had a career-best time of 2:24.24 to bring home third place in the 800-meter run and Fowler sprinted to a fourth- place fi nish in the 200-meter dash in 29.53 seconds. Contributed | Beacon that seeing a crowd like the one gathered to raise money for the hospital is very special. “When the challenges get too big, we can look back on a night like tonight and remember all the friends and family and community that come together to support this charity – and us. We need to carry the sword for our child and sometimes we need help. Th ey are not only here for the hospital but for my wife and I and all the other families in the area with special needs. It’s so great to be from a community that supports us and others like us,” said Clark. Th ey sold more than 80 tickets to the event and all of their decorations were donated by Statements by Shannon. Dave and Rochelle Byers sold more than 50 tickets for their tables. Th eir theme was Mardi Gras because their big Herbalife event is going to be in New Orleans this year. “We kind of got volunteered to help the fi rst year, but we keep coming back because it’s so much fun,” said Rochelle. “It’s just a really fun way to raise money for a great cause. I think more money is raised when people are having a lot of fun.” WARSAW – Th e River View Lady Bears varsity softball team snagged a late lead and defeat- ed Carrollton 15-4 on March 26. Th e game was tied at four with the River View Lady Bears batting in the bottom of the fourth when Alyssa Th omas doubled on a 1-0 count, scoring two runs. River View was boosted by Claire War- schauer who went four for fi ve at the plate. Warschauer singled in the fi rst, homered in the second, doubled in the fi fth, and doubled in the sixth. Th e Lady Bears took the lead for good with four runs in the fourth inning. In the fourth Peyton Werntz grounded out, scoring one run. River View put up four runs in the fi fth inning. Th e Lady Bears big bats in the inning were led by doubles from Warschauer and Th omas. Th omas got the start for River View. She surrendered four runs on four hits over six innings, striking out fi ve. River View scattered 12 hits in the game. Contributed | Beacon THE BEACON 27